TWO pools in Haringey now provide free swimming for young people and the elderly to promote healthy living.

Tottenham Green Leisure Centre, in Philip Lane, and Park Road Leisure Centre, Hornsey, will allow pensioners and those under 16 to use pool facilities free of charge.

Councillor Dhiren Basu, cabinet member for leisure, culture and lifelong learning, said: "This is a great opportunity for residents and I'd encourage people to take advantage as swimming is an excellent form of low-impact exercise."

People wanting to get wet and wild will have to register before they can claim their free sessions.

The initiative is funded by the Government in its campaign to improve the nation's fitness in the run up to the Olympic Games in 2012.

Media and Sport secretary Andy Burnham said the scheme had "caught the mood of the times".

The minister added: "It will help young and old keep active and save cash.

"It is our hope that this is just the beginning and that in time free swimming becomes the norm."